Program Updates

We’ve had a busy month of December in the office! Chady (my office mate) and I both worked this past Saturday on projects to help the community… take a look:

Tax Training

Fifteen volunteers came to Goodwill’s Mission Services Center this past Saturday to learn tax law for the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Program at Goodwill. Many of the volunteers were returning from last year, and I was excited to see a few friendly new faces as well! Many great companies were represented, and we cannot thank the community enough for helping out this great program! Alpine Bank, Exelon – Byron Plant, and Rock Valley College, to name a few, were splendidly represented with dedicated and energetic volunteers.  Some volunteers also brought a friend, which is a great way to expand their positive impact on the community. If you’d like to sign up to volunteer, call (815) 987-6205, and bring a friend along!


Empty Stocking Program: RRStar 

Chady coordinated Goodwill’s participation in the Empty Stocking Program this year, and here’s his “field report” on last Saturday’s event:

Having the opportunity to volunteer at the Rockford Register Star’s Empty Stocking Program distribution this past Saturday was great. I’d had prior experience in working at Christmas Toy distribution events, but this one blew me away by how well organized it was. Although it was very busy, with lots of volunteers and registrants coming through, everything was in order and the process was very smooth. To be able to see toys go out to children in need, so that they can have a brighter holiday season was a blessing and a wonderful opportunity. I’m grateful to the Register Star for allowing Goodwill to take part and for everyone at the State Street and Machesney Park stores for putting in the time and effort to make it work.

Also, we’re going to add another post to the blog each week on Mondays to highlight classes that will be taking place at Goodwill’s Mission Services Center. Watch for January’s listings in a couple weeks – there are some great opportunities for you to take advantage of. Resolve to learn new things in the new year!

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